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Pair of French “Curule” Stools
Located in Austin, TX
Pair of French “curule” stools made of steel and featuring solid bronze ornamentation.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Bronze, Steel

  • Pair of French “Curule” Stools
  • Pair of French “Curule” Stools
  • Pair of French “Curule” Stools
  • Pair of French “Curule” Stools
H 17.25 in. W 19.75 in. D 14.25 in.
French Iron & Brass Swan Curule Stool
Located in Hingham, MA
French 1960's curule stool in iron with brass swan embellishments. 19" high 17" seat height 22" wide 15" deep Cushion frame is 18" x 13"
Category

Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Brass, Iron

  • French Iron & Brass Swan Curule Stool
  • French Iron & Brass Swan Curule Stool
  • French Iron & Brass Swan Curule Stool
  • French Iron & Brass Swan Curule Stool
H 19 in. W 22 in. D 15 in.
19th Century Italian Curule Stool
Located in Chicago, IL
A striking 19th century Italian wrought iron folding Curule stool with a handstitched saddle leather seat and decorative floral rosettes on both sides where the legs cross. Curule se...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Renaissance Revival Stools

Materials

Wrought Iron

  • 19th Century Italian Curule Stool
  • 19th Century Italian Curule Stool
  • 19th Century Italian Curule Stool
  • 19th Century Italian Curule Stool
H 19.5 in. W 24.25 in. D 16.5 in.
19th Century Italian Curule Stool
Located in Chicago, IL
An incredible 19th century Italian wrought iron folding Curule stool with a hand-stitched saddle leather seat, rings on the ends, and decorative stars where the legs cross on both si...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Renaissance Revival Stools

Materials

Wrought Iron

  • 19th Century Italian Curule Stool
  • 19th Century Italian Curule Stool
  • 19th Century Italian Curule Stool
  • 19th Century Italian Curule Stool
H 20 in. W 25.5 in. D 17 in.
Curule Stool by Dominique, circa 1930
By Dominique
Located in Paris, FR
In maple, curved seat covered with white cotton, sabre base. - Félix Marcilhac, "Dominique, André Domin & Marcel Genevrière, Décorateur-ensemblier du XXe siècle", Les Editions de l'...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Stools

Materials

Wood, Cotton

  • Curule Stool by Dominique, circa 1930
  • Curule Stool by Dominique, circa 1930
  • Curule Stool by Dominique, circa 1930
  • Curule Stool by Dominique, circa 1930
H 23.23 in. W 15.36 in. D 24.41 in.
Vintage Pair of Decorative Neoclassical Curule Stools
Located in Great Barrington, MA
The vintage pair of neoclassical Empire style X base Curule stools or benches are decorated with a faux tortoise patterned lacquer on reeded legs and frames, as well as the corner ro...
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Mid-20th Century European Neoclassical Stools

Materials

Leather, Wood

Pair of Curule Stools in the Gustavian Style
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Pair of Swedish Curule stools, circa 1900, in the Gustavian style. Carved bellflowers on the arm supports, and lotus carving on the stretchers. Lions paw feet.
Category

Antique Late 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Stools

Materials

Wood

  • Pair of Curule Stools in the Gustavian Style
  • Pair of Curule Stools in the Gustavian Style
  • Pair of Curule Stools in the Gustavian Style
  • Pair of Curule Stools in the Gustavian Style
H 20.5 in. W 22.5 in. D 17 in.
Antique Regency Curule Stool, after a Design by Thomas Hope
By Thomas Hope
Located in London, GB
A superb Regency mahogany X-frame stool of generous proportions, after a design by Thomas Hope. Circa 1810. Why we like it With its rare and refined form, the supports reminisce...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Stools

Materials

Mahogany

2 Curule Stools in Lacquered Metal, Brass and Velvet, circa 1950
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
2 curule stools in lacquered metal, brass and velvet, circa 1950 original coating, worn.
Category

Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Brass, Metal

Classic French Renaissance Leather Curule Stool Hand Forged Iron, France
Located in National City, CA
France circa 1930s: Curule stool refined French renaissance bench in hand forged Iron with aged saddle leather. Elegant design and detail. Unmarked. No apparent stamp. Dimensi...
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Vintage 1930s French Neoclassical Stools

Materials

Iron

Pair of Wrought Iron and Leather Curule Stools by Morgan Colt
By Morgan Colt
Located in Montreal, QC
Pair of wrought iron and stitched leather curule stools by Morgan Colt.   
Category

Antique Early 1900s American Stools

Materials

Wrought Iron

Spanish Curule Stool in Wanut with Green Velvet Fringed Seat
Located in Barcelona, ES
Spanish Renaissance Curule walnut stool in green velvet upholstery, Spain, 1880s. Elegant Curule X-shape carved walnut footstool /ottoman upholstered in green velvet This finely ca...
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Antique 19th Century Spanish Renaissance Revival Stools

Materials

Velvet, Wood, Walnut, Trimming

Italian 1900s Leather Seat Iron Folding Curule Stool with Toupie Finials
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian leather seat iron folding curule stool from the early 20th century with toupie finials and twisted effects. Created Italy during the early years of the 20th century, this ...
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Early 20th Century Italian Stools

Materials

Iron

Italian Walnut Empire Style 1870s Curule Stool with Carved Rams Heads
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian Empire style walnut curule stool from the late 19th century, with carved rams heads and X-form base. Born in Italy during the third quarter of the 19th century, this stunn...
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Empire Stools

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Carved Wood Curule Stool Studded Brass Bench in Handwoven Kilim Vintage
Located in National City, CA
Vintage wood carved Curule stool bench with brass nail head trim in handwoven Kilim fabric. Ideal for Southwest Motif. Decorative carved detail on wood frame. Original unrestored ...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Neoclassical Stools

Materials

Brass

1940s Spanish Colonial Curule Stools Rustic Handsome Leather - Set of Two
By Luis Barragan
Located in National City, CA
AMBIANIC presents: Vintage Spanish colonial curule stools ottoman bench, set of 2, circa 1940s. Made in Mexico. Latin American style and manner of Clara Porset and Luis Barragan. Ru...
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Vintage 1940s Mexican Spanish Colonial Stools

Materials

Iron

Pair of Midcentury French Empire Style Ebonized Curule Stools with Gilt Accents
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of French vintage Empire style ebonized curule stools from the mid-20th century with gilt accents and new upholstery. Created in France during the midcentury period, each of t...
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Mid-20th Century French Empire Stools

Materials

Wood, Upholstery, Giltwood

Swedish Painted 1840s Karl Johan Curule Stool with X-Form Base and Upholstery
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish Karl Johan curule style painted stool from the mid-19th century, with spindle arm supports, X-form base and new upholstery. Created in Sweden during the first half of the 1...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Swedish Karl Johan Stools

Materials

Upholstery, Wood, Wood

English 1900s Steel and Brass Upholstered Curule Stool with Lion Paw Feet
Located in Atlanta, GA
An English steel and brass upholstered stool from the turn of the century. This English stool circa 1900 features a modified curule-shaped body with double curvature, raised on brass...
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Early 20th Century English Stools

Materials

Brass, Steel

French 1880s Empire Style Painted Curule Stool with Printed Fabric and Paw Feet
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Empire style painted wood curule stool from the late 19th century, with printed upholstery, lion paw feet and distressed finish. Born in France during the last quarter of th...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Empire Stools

Materials

Wood, Upholstery

Pair of Cream Painted Italian Regency Style Carved Wood X-Frame Curule Stools
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Quality pair of 20th Century Carved and Paint Decorated Curule Benches in the French Neoclassical taste. The pair features solid wood carved frames, nail head trim, upholstered seats...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Stools

Materials

Wood

Stool Model "Curule SN1" Pierre Chareau
By Pierre Chareau
Located in Milano, IT
Important stool by Pierre Chareau, model "Curule SN1", Paris 1927-1930ca. The stool has a mahogany wood frame and seat covered in brown leather. An exceptional piece by the great Fre...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Stools

Materials

Leather, Wood

  • Stool Model "Curule SN1" Pierre Chareau
  • Stool Model "Curule SN1" Pierre Chareau
  • Stool Model "Curule SN1" Pierre Chareau
  • Stool Model "Curule SN1" Pierre Chareau
H 13 in. W 19.69 in. D 13.78 in.
French 1950s Maison Jansen Style Metal Curule Stool with Swan Heads and Paw Feet
By Maison Jansen
Located in Atlanta, GA
A vintage French metal curule Maison Jansen style stool from the mid 20th century with swan motifs and paw feet. This exquisite French stool features a rectangular latticed seat, bea...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Metal, Metal

1970s Curule and Bronze Stool "Swans" Model by Maison Charles
By Maison Charles et Fils
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
1970s curule and bronze stoll "Swans" model by Maison Charles. Nice X-legs in metal and bronze with two patinas, silvered and gilded. Gooseneck and blossom flowers decor. Original ...
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Vintage 1970s French Stools

Materials

Bronze

Gilded Wrought Iron Curule or Savonarola Italian Hollywood Regency Vanity Stool
Located in Topeka, KS
Wonderful, gilded wrought iron Italian Hollywood Regency vanity stool with twisted rope and tassels detail in a Curule or Savonarola style. This piece is in wonderful vintage conditi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Stools

Materials

Wrought Iron

Brass and Suede Curule Form Neoclassical Style Stool with Vitruvian Wave Motif
Located in Stamford, CT
Brass Curule form stool in neoclassical style with Vitruvian wave motif and padded suede seat.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Stools

Materials

Brass

English Mid-Century Modern Curule Style Stool with Leather Seat and Iron Base
Located in Atlanta, GA
This English Curule style stool from the mid-20th century features a rectangular brown embossed leather seat over a savonarola rope style iron base. Each corner of the seat is marked...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Iron

Pair of Empire Style Curule Seats, circa 1900
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of mahogany Empire style stools or Curule seats standing on curved X-legs finished by lion paws, linked each other by turned baluster shaped stretchers. Upper part of legs is fo...
Category

Antique Early 1900s French Empire Stools

Materials

Brass

  • Pair of Empire Style Curule Seats, circa 1900
  • Pair of Empire Style Curule Seats, circa 1900
  • Pair of Empire Style Curule Seats, circa 1900
  • Pair of Empire Style Curule Seats, circa 1900
H 22.45 in. W 22.45 in. D 15.36 in.
Pair of Vintage 1940s Mahogany and Silk Curule Benches
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of vintage 1940s mahogany and silk curule benches One of the silk seats shows a stain (please see image) Measures: 20" wide x 16" deep x 18" high. Good vintage condition.
Category

Mid-20th Century French Stools

Materials

Mahogany

Pair of Curule Stool Benches with Silk Upholstery
Located in Dallas, TX
This pair of Empire style painted Curule stools or benches feature new gold hued silk upholstery. The white X-form frames are decorated with gold leaf detailing. Measurements: 20'...
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Antique 19th Century French Empire Footstools

Materials

Wood

Pair of American Classical Mahogany Curule Stools, Circa 1820
Located in Charleston, SC
Pair of American Classical mahogany Curule stools with carved molded edges, turned bulbous stretchers and resting on scrolled flanking scrolled legs, Early 19th century. Stools are u...
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Antique 1820s American American Classical Footstools

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Muslin, Upholstery, Mahogany

1830s American Carved Mahogany Large Curule Foot Stools
Located in Stamford, CT
Set of 2 large carved mahogany Curule base footstools, Boston, 1830s. Recently reupholstered in red Scalamandre linen fabric. Larger stool is 32.5” wide x 24” deep x 16” tall. Small...
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Antique 1830s North American American Empire Footstools

Materials

Mahogany

Neoclassical Style Curule Bench or Stool in Velvet Leopard
Located in Southampton, NJ
Neoclassical style Curule bench, stool or cocktail ottoman newly upholstered in leopard velvet. Original finish fully detailed and in excellent vintage condition.
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Vintage 1970s North American Neoclassical Benches

Materials

Velvet, Wood

French Renaissance Style Curule Resin and Wood Stool or Bench
By Marge Carson
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning French renaissance style curule stool or bench made from intricately carved resin and wood.
Category

20th Century French Renaissance Benches

Materials

Resin, Wood

Artes De Mexico Spanish Revival Curule Foot Stool Ottoman Leather Seat & Straps
By Artes De Mexico Internacionales, SA
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome Spanish Revival Curule or Savonarola style foot stool or ottoman with heavy leather seat and straps by Artes De Mexico Internacionales. It is in amazing original vintage con...
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Vintage 1960s Mexican Spanish Colonial Footstools

Materials

Leather, Wood

Pair of circa 1900 French Curules Stools
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of circa 1900 French Curules stools gilt, limed and lacquered wood Napoléon III period, circa 1900.
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Antique Early 1900s French Napoleon III Stools

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Fabric, Wood, Wood

  • Pair of circa 1900 French Curules Stools
  • Pair of circa 1900 French Curules Stools
  • Pair of circa 1900 French Curules Stools
  • Pair of circa 1900 French Curules Stools
H 17.33 in. W 26.38 in. D 18.51 in.
Pair of Italian Midcentury Steel Curule Stools with Brass Accents and Upholstery
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of Italian vintage steel curule stools from the mid-20th century, with brass accents and new upholstery. Created in Italy during the midcentury period, each of this pair of st...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Steel, Brass

Early Regency English Ebonized and Caned Elongated Curule Stool, circa 1810
Located in Atlanta, GA
An early 19th century Regency English ebonized elongated curule stool/bench featuring scrolled arms and caned seat.
Category

Antique 1810s English Regency Benches

Materials

Cane, Wood

French Vintage Curule Stool
Located in Austin, TX
French vintage curule base stool with gilt bronze finials, cast feet, and details. A timeless accent piece for any decor. Beautifully crafted.
Category

Vintage 1970s French Neoclassical Stools

Materials

Bronze, Steel

  • French Vintage Curule Stool
  • French Vintage Curule Stool
  • French Vintage Curule Stool
  • French Vintage Curule Stool
H 20 in. W 22.25 in. D 16 in.
Classical Form Curule Stool
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Fruitwood stool, having a crown seat, with nailheads, on apron carved with Greek key style Meander, on curved, X-form legs, centered by a rosette, joined by a turned stretcher. Stoc...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Stools

Materials

Fruitwood

  • Classical Form Curule Stool
  • Classical Form Curule Stool
  • Classical Form Curule Stool
  • Classical Form Curule Stool
H 21 in. W 20.5 in. D 16.25 in.
Antique Regency Empire Curule Stool
Located in London, GB
An elegant early 19th century Curule stool of compact proportions. Why we like it Its pure form and neat proportions make this elegant stool a rare example of its kind. Sella ...
Category

Antique Early 19th Century French Regency Stools

Materials

Mahogany

  • Antique Regency Empire Curule Stool
  • Antique Regency Empire Curule Stool
  • Antique Regency Empire Curule Stool
  • Antique Regency Empire Curule Stool
H 17.5 in. W 18.5 in. D 22 in.
pr of Italian curule stools
Located in Dallas, TX
19th pr of Italian carved gilded stools. Covered in silk ending in cast gilt bronze feet
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20th Century Italian Stools

Materials

Bronze

  • pr of Italian curule stools
  • pr of Italian curule stools
  • pr of Italian curule stools
  • pr of Italian curule stools
H 24 in. W 29 in. D 20 in.
Regency Lion Head Curule Stool
Located in Port Chester, NY
A fine Regency lion head-carved Curule form mahogany stool with carved paw feet.
Category

Antique 19th Century English Regency Stools

  • Regency Lion Head Curule Stool
  • Regency Lion Head Curule Stool
  • Regency Lion Head Curule Stool
  • Regency Lion Head Curule Stool
H 26 in. W 27 in. D 16 in.
Black Neoclassical Style Curule Stools
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Neoclassical style painted carved wood curule form stools with gilt painted accents. Newly upholstered in black cotton velvet.
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Vintage 1950s Stools

Materials

Wood

  • Black Neoclassical Style Curule Stools
  • Black Neoclassical Style Curule Stools
  • Black Neoclassical Style Curule Stools
  • Black Neoclassical Style Curule Stools
H 17.75 in. W 24.75 in. D 17 in.
Pair of Empire French Curule Stools
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of mahogany Empire French Curule stools Shells and foliage decoration Epoque Empire circa 1815-1820.
Category

Antique 1810s French Empire Stools

Materials

Mahogany, Fabric

  • Pair of Empire French Curule Stools
  • Pair of Empire French Curule Stools
  • Pair of Empire French Curule Stools
  • Pair of Empire French Curule Stools
H 13.78 in. W 20.48 in. D 15.75 in.
Pair of Gray Painted Curule Stools
Located in Austin, TX
French vintage pair of curule stools in gray painted metal with gilt bronze feet.
Category

Early 20th Century French Stools

Materials

Metal, Brass

  • Pair of Gray Painted Curule Stools
  • Pair of Gray Painted Curule Stools
  • Pair of Gray Painted Curule Stools
  • Pair of Gray Painted Curule Stools
H 17.13 in. W 16.88 in. D 12.63 in.
Vintage Forged Iron & Brass Curule Stool
Located in Austin, TX
French vintage curule stool in forged iron and brass, recently reupholstered in a blue velvet blend.
Category

Vintage 1950s French Stools

Materials

Iron, Brass

  • Vintage Forged Iron & Brass Curule Stool
  • Vintage Forged Iron & Brass Curule Stool
  • Vintage Forged Iron & Brass Curule Stool
  • Vintage Forged Iron & Brass Curule Stool
H 19 in. W 19.75 in. D 17.5 in.
Pair of Painted Metal Curule Stools
Located in Austin, TX
A sturdy and elegant vintage pair of black painted metal curule stools with brass details. Great neoclassical pieces with wonderful cast brass work. We loved the stylized feet.
Category

Vintage 1940s French Stools

Materials

Steel, Brass

  • Pair of Painted Metal Curule Stools
  • Pair of Painted Metal Curule Stools
  • Pair of Painted Metal Curule Stools
  • Pair of Painted Metal Curule Stools
H 20.75 in. W 22 in. D 18 in.
Pair of Neoclassical Wrought Iron Curule Stools
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of Neoclassical Wrought Iron Curule Stools, Leather seats, bronze finials, hoofed feet with a pair of ocelot pelts 14-1/2" x 19-1/4" x 18"H
Category

Antique 19th Century Stools

Materials

Brass, Wrought Iron, Bronze

Italian Parcel Gilt and Painted Curule Stool
Located in New Orleans, LA
Italian Painted and parcel gilt curule stool with foliate decoration.
Category

Antique 19th Century Italian Stools

Materials

Giltwood

19th Century French Restauration Curule Stool
Located in Austin, TX
Antique French Restauration style stool in solid mahogany with original green velvet upholstery and brass tacks. Beautiful Curule-style base with a lustrous French polish finish and ...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Restauration Stools

Materials

Mahogany, Upholstery, Velvet

  • 19th Century French Restauration Curule Stool
  • 19th Century French Restauration Curule Stool
  • 19th Century French Restauration Curule Stool
  • 19th Century French Restauration Curule Stool
H 17.25 in. W 18 in. D 13.25 in.
French White Gold-Leaf Forged Iron Curule Stool
Located in Austin, TX
French white gold leafed forged iron, hand hammered curule stool.
Category

Vintage 1960s French Stools

Materials

Iron

19th Century Pair of Empire Curule Stools
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of mahogany Empire French Curule stools Epoque Empire, circa 1820.
Category

Antique 1810s French Empire Stools

Materials

Mahogany

  • 19th Century Pair of Empire Curule Stools
  • 19th Century Pair of Empire Curule Stools
  • 19th Century Pair of Empire Curule Stools
  • 19th Century Pair of Empire Curule Stools
H 18.51 in. W 18.12 in. D 14.97 in.
Pair of Curule Stool Benches with Velvet Upholstery
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Hollywood Regency pair of painted Curule stools or benches with new aquamarine velvet upholstery. The cream lacquered X form frames are decorated with acanthus, sea shells, and parce...
Category

20th Century American Hollywood Regency Stools

Materials

Wood, Velvet

Stool, Curule Form
Located in New York, NY
An English George III mahogany and upholstered stool, Circa 1800, of curule form joined by turned stretchers.
Category

Antique 19th Century English Stools

Stool, Curule Form
H 27.5 in. W 26 in. D 16.5 in.
Curule form stool
Located in New York, NY
A English satinwood and mahogany stool with recessed line decoration, Mid 19th Century<br /> with a rectangular upholstered seat above curule form supports joined by a turned cross-...
Category

Antique 19th Century English Stools

  • Curule form stool
  • Curule form stool
  • Curule form stool
  • Curule form stool
H 20 in. W 24 in. D 24 in.
Pair of 1940's Silver Leaf & Leather Curule Stools
Located in Hudson, NY
a very elegant pair of 1940's Silver Leaf & Leather Curule Tabouret Stools. these beautiful well made benches have their original silver gilt finish, and silver leather upholstery. b...
Category

Vintage 1930s American Stools

Materials

Silver Leaf

French 1940s Wrought Iron and Cognac Leather Curule Stool
Located in London, GB
A wrought iron and studded cognac leather curule stool France, circa 1940.
Category

Early 20th Century French Art Deco Stools

Materials

Iron

Pair of Lucite Curule Stools by Hill Manufacturing Co.
By Hill Manufacturing
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
Lucite stools by Hill Manufacturing Co. featuring a starkly modern take on the Classic curule form supporting aptly cushioned, upholstered seats.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Pair of Painted and Parcel Silver Gilt Curule Stools
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of benches, each having a padded, rectangular seat, upholstered with nailheads, on painted frame with parcel silver gilt accents, the finish showing natural wear, its apron carv...
Category

Vintage 1930s Italian Stools

Materials

Wood, Upholstery, Wood

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Curule Stool For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic curule stool available at 1stDibs. A curule stool — often made from wood, metal and fabric — can elevate any home. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer curule stool, there are earlier versions available from the 19th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. Each curule stool bearing Neoclassical, Empire or Mid-Century Modern hallmarks is very popular. Many designers have produced at least one well-made curule stool over the years, but those crafted by Artes De Mexico Internacionales, SA, Morgan Colt and Dominique are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Curule Stool?

The average selling price for a curule stool at 1stDibs is $2,900, while they’re typically $1,250 on the low end and $14,634 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Stools for You

Stools are versatile and a necessary addition to any living room, kitchen area or elsewhere in your home. A sofa or reliable lounge chair might nab all the credit, comfort-wise, but don’t discount the roles that a good stool can play.

“Stools are jewels and statements in a space, and they can also be investment pieces,” says New York City designer Amy Lau, who adds that these seats provide an excellent choice for setting an interior’s general tone. 

Stools, which are among the oldest forms of wooden furnishings, may also serve as decorative pieces, even if we’re talking about a stool that is far less sculptural than the gracefully curving molded plywood shells that make up Sōri Yanagi’s provocative Butterfly stool

Fawn Galli, a New York interior designer, uses her stools in the same way you would use a throw pillow. “I normally buy several styles and move them around the home where needed,” she says.

Stools are smaller pieces of seating as compared to armchairs or dining chairs and can add depth as well as functionality to a space that you’ve relegated to entertaining. For a splash of color, consider the Stool 60, a pioneering work of bentwood by Finnish architect and furniture maker Alvar Aalto. It’s manufactured by Artek and comes in a variety of colored seats and finishes.

Barstools that date back to the 1970s are now more ubiquitous in kitchens. Vintage barstools have seen renewed interest, be they a meld of chrome and leather or transparent plastic, such as the Lucite and stainless-steel counter stool variety from Indiana-born furniture designer Charles Hollis Jones, who is renowned for his acrylic works. A cluster of barstools — perhaps a set of four brushed-aluminum counter stools by Emeco or Tubby Tube stools by Faye Toogood — can encourage merriment in the kitchen. If you’ve got the room for family and friends to congregate and enjoy cocktails where the cooking is done, consider matching your stools with a tall table.

Whether you need counter stools, drafting stools or another kind, explore an extensive range of antique, new and vintage stools on 1stDibs.